August 31, 2013

Patriots Beat: Cutdown day is never an easy day

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Guys who didn't play, such as running back LeGarrette Blount, hope they've done enough to earn a spot. That he didn't play, he said, shouldn't be taken as a sign that he's made the team.

"Nah, I've got to keep on working," he said. "I've done everything I can to plead my case. Now I've got to just keep on working and hopefully they like me enough to keep me."

For Josh Boyce, a rookie wide receiver out of Texas Christian, Thursday's game didn't involve drama. A fourth-round pick with great promise (and speed), he has been touted since his selection as someone who can help this team immediately. And he showed why against the Giants.

In the second quarter, he made a move off the line that froze veteran Terrell Thomas and raced down the sideline to snag a 40-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Mallett with his fingertips.

"Ryan threw a great ball; I just tried to make a play," said Boyce. "He threw it pretty deep so I just tried to go get it."

Earlier, he took a handoff around left end for an 18-yard gain. On each play, he displayed the speed and ability that everyone has raved about.

Boyce is one of a trio of rookie wide receivers -- including the undrafted Thompkins and Aaron Dobson, a second-round pick out of Marshall -- who will be among Brady's new targets. They have all had their moments in camp.

Asked if there's some competition among them, Boyce laughed.

"It's a friendly competition and we always try to push each other," he said. "Three rookies, all with the same goals, so we're always pushing and being hard on each other."

They'll likely be on the team next week, the Patriots' future squarely in their hands.

Others? We'll soon find out.

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